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Factors influencing implementation of projects in state owned sugar firms in Kenya : the case of South Nyanza Sugar Company Limited

Author: Siganda, Samson Mbayi

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Project management/Parastatals/Sugar industry/South Nyanza Sugar Company Limited/ ;

Abstract:

The Kenyan sugar industry has been undergoing changes in an effort to diversify their product line and strengthen their revenue base in the current turbulent business environment also threatened by the COMESA rules. As such a number of sugar companies have invested in implementation of various projects to expedite diversification process so as to attain projected performance and achieve their missions. This study was therefore set to investigate the factors influencing the implementation of such projects in state owned firms within the Kenyan sugar industry by focussing on SonySugar Company Limited in Migori County, Kenya. This was necessitated by challenges facing Implementation of Projects in the sugar industry. The study intended to answer the following questions: How does the Financing influence the Implementation of Projects in SonySugar Company Limited? Does the Public Procurement System in Kenya, influence the Implementation of Projects at SonySugar Company Limited? How does the Management Structure influence the Implementation of Projects at SonySugar Company Limited? What is the influence of the Personnel Competency on the Implementation of Projects at SonySugar Company Limited? And whether the Environment is Suitable to sustain the Implementation of Projects at SonySugar Company Limited. In the literature review, relevant studies in the area were analyzed to identify study gaps. The literature review finalized with the theoretical literature and the researcher's conceptualization of the study variables. The study was carried out at the project management and other divisions that dealt with projects in the company where the staff acted as the respondents. Other respondents were the top management in the company. Theresearch utilised descriptive survey design in which stratified random sampling technique was employed in selecting a suitable sample size from the target population. The data collection instruments used were interviews and questionnaires which contained both closed and open ended questions. Prior to the main research, a pilot study was carried out to pre-test the instruments to enhance validity and reliability. Then the data was collected and analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively. The results were then presented inform of frequency tables and percentages for interpretation, discussion, conclusions and recommendations. The major findings were that the key determinants to succefull Implementation of Projects in SonySugar Company Limited are having people who are competent to handle project implementation process, suitable Envirnmental orientations for the projects, Management system that is sound and proactive, Financing process which should be spelt out clearly and the Procurement system which is flexible. Based on the findings, the study recommends that the management of SonySugar Company Limited to improve on the Personnel Competency with emphasis on relevant projects skills, Environmental orientation through culture change programs coupled with effective and timely communication addressing the link between strategic issues and strategies in place to attain projeted performance, Management Structures for effective corporate government, Financing through effective financial modelling for proposed projects and the Procurement process in order to enhance their project management systems.

Influence of Southern Nyanza community development project intervention on agricultural production in Kobama Division, in Ndhiwa District, Kenya

Author: Kithine, Elvis Odalo

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2011

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Kobama Division, Ndhiwa District/Agricultural production/South Nyanza Community Development Project/Farmers/Livestock/Water supply ;

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of Southern Nyanza Community Development Project intervention in agricultural production in Kobama Division, Ndhiwa District. The study was guided by the following objectives; to assess the extent to which improved crop varieties initiated by SNCDP influence agricultural production in Kobama Division, to investigate how improved livestock production technology initiated by SNCDP influence agricultural production in Kobama Division, to determine the extent to which disease control in livestock initiated by SNCDP influence agricultural production in Kobama Division, to establish how capacity building of farmers initiated by SNCDP influence agricultural production in Kobama Division and to find out how sinking of boreholes and excavation of shallow wells initiated by SNCDP influence agricultural production in Kobama Division. The background of the study looked into agricultural production and its contribution to the welfare of the society. The researcher used both purposive and simple random sampling to get the sample size of the study. The study findings found out that intervention by SNCDP improved both livestock and crop production but still there was a need for further intervention since a sizeable number of farmers did not adopted the technology. The research also found out that the water sources were not enough for any meaningful agricultural production. The study concluded that although most farmers in the study area were reached by the new technologies, the support they were given was not enough and still there was a need for more support from SNCDP. The study recommended further intervention by the government and other stakeholders for the adoption of new technologies by the farmers in the area of both the crop and livestock production. The study also recommended that more water sources should be increased by the government and more extension staff to be posted to the division to enhance capacity building of farmers. The researcher identified areas of further research which includes establishing socio-economic factors that affect adoption of new technologies and that research needs to be carried on the evaluation on the local indicators for selection and adoption of new technologies.

Strategic responses to competitive environment by South Nyanza Sugar Company Limited

Author: Jowi, Zablon Oduor

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2010

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: South Nyanza Sugar Company Limited/Sugar industry/Strategic management/Competitive advantage ;

Abstract:

Competitive environment is crucial to a firm's success since no business functions in a vacuum. As a result, a company needs to develop a competitive advantage to overcome threats provided by its competitive environment. The sugar industry in Kenya has experienced myriad of problems posed by operating environment. As a result self sufficiency in sugar for the country has remained elusive over the years as consumption continues to outstrip supply. Past research has shown that Kenyan sugar companies have remained uncompetitive due to stringent operating environment and political interferences. Kenyan sugar companies must therefore craft strategies that will ensure the survival of their businesses by effectively responding to competitive environment. This research was thus carried out to examine how sugar companies in Kenya are strategically responding to challenges posed by their competitive environment. The research was a case study on South Nyanza Sugar Company, a local sugar company and data was collected through interviews. Some of the findings of the study are that - SonySugar has strategically responded to the influence of its competitive environment through diversification by introducing other products such as cogeneration to increase their revenues streams and by undertaking aggressive marketing to reach most of its customers. They have also revamped their information technology platform through installation of enterprise resource planning to ensure timely availability of information for decision making. The recommendations of the study are that SonySugar should pursue government assistance to convert their debts into equity and also to provide them with guarantee to enable them source cheap funds to implement their identified strategies. The company's privatisation should also be pursued to reduce the current political interferences that hinder its smooth operation.

The contributions of parents to the cost of upper primary education and its implications for free primary education : a case of South Nyanza, Kenya

Author: Ogeta, Norbert Ogum

Awarding University: Kenyatta University, Kenya

Level : PhD

Year: 2004

Holding Libraries: Kenyatta University Moi Library ;

Subject Terms: Financial management ; Primary education ; South Nyanza ;

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Due to the large enrolments, rising costs of education and the demands of the other sectors of the economy, in sessional paper No. I of 1986, the government legitimized cost-sharing policy in which parents were given more responsibilities of providing more funds for meeting the costs of primary education. The purpose of this study was to investigate the adequacy of parents' contribution to the cot of upper primary education. More specifically the study sought to find out whether parents' contributions were actually adequate or sufficient in meeting the cost of upper primary education. A descriptive survey design was used in this study. The sample of the study comprised 496 parents and 124 headteachers . A total of 120 head teachers and 450 parents responded to the questionnaires and the interview schedules respectively. An interview schedule for parents and a questionnaire for head teachers were the two instruments used for data collection. In analyzing the collected data, percentages, means, standard deviation, t-tests were used. The level of testing the hypothesis was set at 0.05 level of confidence. The findings showed that parents had low financial abilities in meeting the costs of upper primary education because of their low income It was also due to unreliability of the various occupations they were engaged in as sources of income for providing funds to meet the cost of upper primary education. Even though parents were found to be unable to effectively meet the cost of upper primary education because their low income, their contributions were necessary due to the inability of the government to meet the primary schools' financial needs. It was therefore recommended that school authorities should come up with some strategies for mobilizing funds from the parents and other possible sources of funding education. It was therefore recommended that school authorities should consider soliciting funds for schools by engaging school children in income generating activities such as agriculture, keeping poultry and any other which they are capable of undertaking as a way of raising funds. Funds should also be solicited from community members, foundation bodies ( like religious organizations, commercial firms), cost-saving measures and through costsharing activities by setting benchmarks for various educational costs and ensuring that such benchmarks are not changed. The study recommended that it was necessary for school authorities to liase with the local leaders such as the local chiefs who were in better position to mobilize community groups to participate effectively in school projects like fundraising for individual schools. The study concluded that married male parents who were engaged in 12 occupations were more economically able to meet the costs of upper primary education for their children than those parents who were engaged in six occupations. It was recommended that further research be carried out on ways and means of controlling the prices of basic facilities and resources which were required for learning in upper primary education to enable parents to effectively meet the costs of upper primary education. i.e setting benchmarks.

Women's medicine and fertility : a social history of reproduction in South Nyanza, Kenya, 1920--1980.

Author: Odinga, Agnes Adhiambo

Awarding University: University of Minnesota, USA

Level : PhD

Year: 2001

Holding Libraries: University Microfilms International ;

Subject Terms: African history ; Women's studies ; Fertility ; Sexual behavior ; Social change ; Luo (African people) ; South Nyanza District ;

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The British colonial occupation of Kenya in 1895, led to profound transformation of human disease ecology, the therapeutic map, healing and reproductive knowledge. Changes in household labor organization, the shift from subsistence to cash crop production, improved transportation infrastructure, establishment and expansion of trading centers including changing gender roles and family structures, not only altered disease patterns, but also increased indigenous population susceptibility to new diseases, and exacerbated the spread of old ones. By mid 1920, the colonial government's effort to intervene and transform the reproductive and sexual practices of the Luo of South Nyanza in order to hasten the output of healthy and abundant male laborers for the settler economy was a clear manifestation of the impact of these changes. My dissertation examines Luo women's health work, struggles, and negotiations around reproduction and sexuality from 1920-1980. Between 1920-45, the British colonial government initiated and funded maternal and child health care programs aimed at fostering population growth. From 1946 onwards, these efforts shifted to anti-natalist campaigns as the post-independent Kenyan government sought to curtail population growth through family planning programs. Drawing on extensive oral and documentary evidence from Kenya and England, I explore not only the varied and competing interest over reproduction and sexuality, but also how Luo women contested and re-defined state attempt to manipulate and control reproduction, Luo sexual practices, diet, nutrition, childbirth and healing. These struggles reconfigured gender and generation hierarchies at times forcing the colonial state and the independent Kenyan government to conform to the women's desire for autonomy over their bodies. Analysis of contestation over reproduction and sexuality, raises questions about the symbolic and material significance of fertility particularly female fertility as resource subject to control, manipulation and ownership by certain individuals. When the interest of these individuals were threatened by other forces tension evolved which sometimes culminated in resistance and other times negotiation. Therefore we cannot understand these changing interests without knowing the social, economic and political process which shaped and influenced interests in female fertility and reproduction.

Fertility decision-making by couples amongst the Luo of Kenya.

Author: Reynar, Angela Ruth

Awarding University: University of Pennsylvania, USA

Level : PhD

Year: 2000

Holding Libraries: University Microfilms International ;

Subject Terms: Fertility/Family planning/Ethnology/Luo (African people)/South Nyanza District/ ;

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This dissertation addresses the question of relative reproductive control between couples in a rural East African setting. It asks one fundamental question: which member of the couple, the husband or the wife, is able to make decisions about the couple's reproductive behavior? While the ethnographic literature suggests that men have normative control of reproduction in East Africa, little is known about the actual relative power that marital partners wield in decision making about fertility and about the influence that they exert on each other's reproductive intentions. The data used come from a survey conducted amongst Luos living in South Nyanza District, Kenya. The study benefits particularly from the nature of its data, which are longitudinal and couple based. Logistic regression and structural equation modeling methodologies are used to investigate the research question. This study divides the fertility decision making process into two steps: the formation of fertility intentions, particularly the influence of one partner's fertility desires upon the fertility intentions of the other, and the translation of these fertility intentions into fertility-related behavior. This allows the relative power of each member of the couple to change depending upon which step is examined. In the first step I find that a husband does not have more influence over his wife's fertility intention than she does over his. In the second step I examine three fertility-related behaviors: spousal communication about family planning, current contraceptive use and actual fertility. I find that the relative influence of the marital partners changes depending both on which fertility-related behavior and on whether the husband's or the wife's report of the behavior is examined. The husband's fertility intention has more influence than the wife's fertility intention over whether there is spousal communication about family planning. Current contraceptive use is influenced equally by both the husband's and the wife's fertility intentions. Both partners' fertility intentions equally influence the wife's report of actual fertility but the husband's fertility intention has more influence than the wife's fertility intention over the husband's report of actual fertility.

The relationship between maternal employment and nutritional status of children from birth to four years of age.

Author: Oriko, Lydia Akinyi

Awarding University: Kenyatta University, Kenya

Level : MEd

Year: 1999

Holding Libraries: Kenyatta University Moi Library ;

Subject Terms: Children and youth ; Babies ; Nutrition ; Working mothers ; Kendu Bay Division, South Nyanza District ;

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This was a comparative survey research. The purpose of the study was to establish the relationship between maternal employment and the nutritional status of children between birth and four years of age. A comparison was made between children of employed mothers and those of unemployed mothers. The study sought to achieve various objectives among which included the determination of the nutritional status of children below three years of age, whose mothers were either involved in paid employment or whose mothers were not employed. The study also sought to establish the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of respondents, as well as to establish the relationship between these characteristics and nutritional status of children of respondents. Most important, the study compared the nutritional status of children of employed mothers with those of unemployed mothers in order to establish the relationship between maternal employment and nutritional status of children below three years of age. The data used in the study were collected using an interview guide which was administered by the researcher to a sample of fifty (50) employed mothers and fifty (50) unemployed mothers. This study was conducted in Kendu-Bay Division of South Nyanza District between July 1991 and January 1992. The data were analyzed by the use of measures of central tendency, chi-square and a Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient. Results revealed that: (a) There were no significant differences or similarities between the nutritional status of children of employed mothers and those of (b) That there is no significant relationship between maternal employment and nutritional status of children below three years (c) When respondents' marital status was correlated with children's nutritional status, controlling for employment, results revealed significant positive relationships. (d) The type of food bought, specifically meat, was correlated with children's nutritional status controlling for employment and results revealed positive significant relationships (which were stronger for employed mothers)

A comparative economic analysis of contracted and non-contracted sugarcane farming : the case of the South Nyanza Sugar Project, Kenya.

Author: Andama, Mosoti

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MSc.

Year: 1997

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Upper Kabete Library ;

Subject Terms: Agriculture ; Crops ; Sugarcane ; Agricultural economics ; South Nyanza ;

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Utowekaji na uhifadhi wa lugha ;hali katika jamii ya Abasuba nchini Kenya

Author: Oduori, Wilton Robert

Awarding University: Moi University, Kenya

Level : MPhil

Year: 1996

Holding Libraries: Moi University Margaret Thatcher Library ;

Subject Terms: Suba language ; Abasuba USE Suba (African people) ; Suba (African people) ; South Nyanza ; Culture ;

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This study establishes the causes and effects of language shift in a speech community, threat of extinction and the maintenance efforts that can be employed to prevent a language from eventual death. The Abasuba of South Nyanza are a Bantu group who neighbour the Luo. Their interaction with the Luos has had an effect on the Abasuba identity both culturally and linguistically. The effects could either be positive or negative. In the study, we focused mainly on the linguistic aspect. We examined the attitude and stand of the Abasuba community on their language and their views about the Luo language. The study was guided by the theory of intergroup relations. In the process of interaction between different communities or ethnic groups, there is the possibility of one community losing it's language and/or culture hence ethnic identity. However, this is usually a slow but accumulative process. From the research findings, it is evident that the Suba language is threatened with extinction. Some of the Abasuba have already shown the interest of maintaining their language. Whereas there are several factors responsible for the shifting of a language, the same factors can to some extent be used to maintain the language. However, most important when we talk of language shift and maintenance is the speech community's attitude towards their own language and the infringing language. Although institutions such as school and church can bring about language shift, on the other hand, they can successfully be used to preserve the local languages i.e. Suba language from extinction. The print media and local administration can thus be used to expand the functional use of Kisuba language among the Abasuba thereby maintaining it. The findings are thus an invaluable resource to the understanding of languages in contact and language in culture.

A study on income, saving and investment behaviour of small and large scale farmers in south Nyanza District Kenya

Author: Agak, Thomas O

Awarding University: Agra University, India

Level : PhD

Year: 1994

Holding Libraries: National Council for Science and Technology Library ;

Subject Terms: Farmers ; South Nyanza District ; Investments ; Agricultural economics ; Savings ; Income ;

Abstract:

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